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August 1, 2012

Travel: A Week in Hawaii

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I’m still having Hawaii withdrawals. Before heading to Honolulu for a wedding, I went to Maui for five days with my boyfriend. It could not have been a more perfect vacation. Since many of you on Twitter had asked for recommendations on where to go, I figured I’d put together a little travel diary. For more pics, follow me on Instagram at @sydnesummer! And keep reading for hotel & restaurant links…

Hotels
Makena Beach & Golf Resort: Makena is right below Wailea in Maui. The resort is a quick shuttle ride away from the large resorts and shops at Wailea, and is very affordable  I loved how private the place felt. Even though there were three weddings the first night we stayed, it was still an incredibly relaxed environment. The private beach was also a major plus. If you stay, I recommend doing the breakfast package, which treated us to a delicious buffet every morning after our jog or paddle boarding session. Another bonus? Everyone from the valet to waiters and concierge is so incredibly nice!

Sheraton Princess Kailulani: We stayed at the Sheraton because it’s a Starwood Hotel. The location in Waikiki is ideal, walking distance from all the restaurants and shops. Having come from romantic Maui, it was certainly a change considering the hotel is huge. But for the price, I was happy with our choice. I would highly recommend spending the extra money for an ocean or pool view.

Restaurants
Mama’s Fish House: A few friends told me you must eat at this restaurant first thing after leaving the airport. And I’m thrilled I did! It’s a dreamy welcome to Maui with the freshest ceviche and sashimi I’ve tasted in a while. Plus, you can’t beat the view!

Nick’s Fishmarket: Located in the Fairmont Kealani Maui, Nick’s is a delicious seafood restaurant, great for groups or a more romantic dinner. We both had the Chef’s selection sashimi and day boat catch, which was mouth-watering. While I’m not usually a big desert person I was told the Strawberries Panzini is a must. And it was. A waiter expertly flambéed fresh strawberries at our table, which were later dipped into chocolate, brown sugar and cream.

Old Lahaina Luau: Having never been to a luau, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But we were told Old Lahaina is one of the most traditional. People reserve seats months in advance. We got lucky with a last minute cancelation. You’re welcomed with a Mai Tai and the drinks flow for the rest of the evening alongside the water. There is an abundance of traditional Hawaiian fare and a fantastic show! By the end of the evening I was convinced I wanted to move to Maui and become a hula dancer. It certainly is the perfect picture spot to document your vacation.

For more pics from Hawaii, check out the t-shirt dress Staples Series I did on the islands!

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  1. Adriana commented:

    Great photos! And I like how honest your reviews are. I’m going to Hawaii next summer. Never heard of Makena before. I will look into it!

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  2. Kelly Golightly commented:

    Love it! Have been dying to go to Maui. Great to have some insider recommendations.

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